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How long is the tour?

The tour usually lasts about forty-five to fifty minutes.

Do we need to take a tour or can we just look around?

All visitors to the house receive a guided tour.

Where is the best place to park?

Public transportation is encouraged. The closest MBTA stations are Charles/MGH on the Red Line and Government Center on the Green and Blue Lines. Visitors who drive should look for on-street metered parking near the Otis House.  Nearby parking garages include the Government Center garage, Boston Common garage, and Charles River Plaza. Be sure to leave plenty of time to find a parking spot.

Is this Otis family related to the Otis elevator family?

It is believed that the families are distantly related. However, there was never an elevator in the Otis House.

How many Otis houses are there?

There are three houses built for Harrison Gray Otis in Boston. All three were designed by architect Charles Bulfinch and all are still standing today. The second Harrison Gray Otis house, built in 1801, is located at 55 Mount Vernon Street, and is a private home. The third Harrison Gray Otis house, built in 1806, is at 45 Beacon Street, and is the headquarters of the American Meteorological Society.

Are there restrooms at the Otis House?

Yes.  There is one public restroom. The restroom is open to the public during regular museum hours and special events.

Is the museum handicapped accessible?

A tour of any Historic New England property requires a considerable amount of standing and some walking. Folding chairs can be provided for visitors who would like to use them during a tour. To retain its historic fabric and character, the Otis House has not been equipped with handicapped accessible ramps, elevators, or chair lifts. A portable ramp is available for use to gain access to the first floor. We are glad to offer guests a visual tour of the second floor of the museum from the comfort of our reception area. We encourage visitors with concerns to call ahead. We are happy to work with you to make your visit an enjoyable one.

Can I take photographs at the Otis House?

Visitors are welcome to take personal photographs of the exterior of the Otis House. Members of the media should visit the press room. Visitors can arrange in advance to request required permission to take interior photographs for personal use. Permission is not guaranteed and cannot be given on arrival, so please contact the site staff well in advance of your visit. 

How do I become a member of Historic New England and get more involved?
Join Historic New England now and get involved in preserving and celebrating the region's heritage.  To join, call the Membership Office at 617-994-5910 or  join online. You can reach the Otis House staff at 617-994-5920 or by e-mail.

 

 

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